Infosys organized Techzooka 2018, an annual weeklong technology fest from December 3 to December 7, 2018. Aimed at nurturing a culture of innovation and collaboration, Techzooka is organized every year to engage employees and the broader technology community on emerging trends through diversified and innovative forums and channels. Aligned to the company’s strategy ‘Navigate Your Next’, the theme for this year was ‘Technology Next’.
As part of the annual fest, Infosys, Pune Development Center (DC) collaborated with the Ministry of Forest, Maharashtra to organize a Green Make-a-thon, an online hackathon for employees. The objective of this hackathon was to provide technology solutions to ecological problems faced by the Ministry of Forest, Maharashtra. The problem statement focused on detection of encroachment on forest lands and data analysis of patrolling data.
Spread across five days from December 3 to December 7, the Green Make-a-thon received overwhelming response from employees across DCs in India. Over 68 teams and 161 hackers participated in the hackathon. The participants could code at their own convenience and submit the given tasks from time to time as shared during the course of the hackathon. The hackathon was judged by Mr. Vivek Khandekar, Chief Conservator of Forests, Pune and Ms. Shreelaxmii Annabathula, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Pune.
The winning team created a system to detect early forest fires and predict its spread based on historical data. The first runner up team developed a solution using computer vision and deep learning to identify forest encroachments.